Driver who killed 14-year-old Sheffield schoolboy found guilty

Adrian Webster
Adrian Webster
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A Sheffield motorist who hit and killed a 14-year-old boy outside his school has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Adrian Webster, aged 43, of Manor Park Centre, Manor, showed no emotion as the jury returned the unanimous verdict.

Lawrence Moorhouse

Lawrence Moorhouse

Lawrence Moorhouse, a Year 9 pupil at Sheffield Park Academy, was hit Webster’s Vauxhall Astra on December 10, 2013.

Webster told the court he was travelling at ‘28-30mph’ but police re-constructions suggested that the defendant was driving at up to speeds of 45mph on impact with Lawrence.

Emergency services tried in vain to save him at the scene but later died the next morning in hospital.

Judge Mark Gargan said: “There will be a custodial sentence in this case.

Adrian Webster

Adrian Webster

“However, you have not been to prison before but it is appropriate for you to get a sentencing.

“I feel that I need to know enough about you before I decide on the length of sentence that you must serve.”

A pre-sentence report will now be carried out.

Webster was not given bail and was remanded in custody.

Mark Gargan added that Webster will be sentenced on September 11 at Sheffield Crown Court.